Iconic North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith dead at 83

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Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball’s Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died. He was 83.

The retired coach died “peacefully” at his North Carolina home Saturday night, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family. He was with his wife and five children.

Sad news to report: former UNC head coach Dean Smith passed away on Saturday night at age 83http://t.co/FwokJKkPVR pic.twitter.com/zXaFYlnuIe

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